Feeds

Keep Landsat flying forever, says US Academy of Sciences

Boffins fear US budget woes may clip wings of next-gen space snapper

SANS - Survey on application security programs

America's National Academy of Sciences has called on the US government to guarantee the future of the country's venerable Landsat missions amid uncertainty engendered by the country's slow-motion budgetary train wreck.

Fearing that the program, which began in 1972 with the launch of the Earth Resources Technology Satellite (later Landsat 1), the program had its eighth-generation launch in February 2013.

Landsat and Beyond was authored by the Committee on Implementation of a Sustained Land Imaging Program, comprising the Space Studies Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, and the National Research Council.

It states that the “economic, intrinsic and scientific benefits to the United States of Landsat imagery far exceed the investment in the system.”

In addition, the committee, chaired by Jeff Dozier of UC Santa Barbara, warned that America's earth survey resources are under challenge: “other nations are now developing systems whose capability rivals or exceeds US systems,” the report states.

According to Space News, NASA has been considering options for Landsat other than a dedicated Earth imaging spacecraft, such as hosted payloads. The cash-challenged space agency of a cash-challenged government has also been exploring international partnerships as an option to continue the program.

The NRC report calls for a “systematic and deliberate” program to prevent any disruption of the Landsat program.

The report is available for purchase at the NAS (abstract here). ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco
Standing in the corner, big pointy 'D' hats
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
LOHAN's Punch and Judy show relaunches Thursday
Weather looking good for second pop at test flights
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
Curiosity finds not-very-Australian-shaped rock on Mars
File under 'messianic pastries' and move on, people
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully
Clandestine NRO spacecraft sets off on its unknown mission
New FEMTO-MOON sighted BIRTHING from Saturn's RING
Icy 'Peggy' looks to be leaving the outer rings
Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release
Result? 'Way more carbon being released into the atmosphere as methane'
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.